Still too darn hot

Published 8:39 pm Sunday, July 26, 2020

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As of 8:25 p.m. on Sunday, a heat advisory was in effect from northeastern North Carolina to southeastern Virginia and up to the lower and middle peninsulas and Eastern Shore. Courtesy National Weather Service Wakefield

Heat advisory continues through Tuesday


The National Weather Service in Wakefield announced on its website that the heat affecting Western Tidewater and surroundings will continue into Monday, with highs staying in the upper 90s from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The heat index values will range from 105 to 109. Tuesday is expected to be the same, with the heat index around 107.

There’s a 20 to 30% chance of thunderstorms that day, which increases to 50% for Wednesday through Friday. Temperatures will gradually cool from the mid-90s to the upper 80s. Lows will be in the mid to low 70s.

As with last week’s intense heat spell, the NWS cautions:

• Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.

• Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.

Further, take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.

• Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

• Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible. Don’t forget to apply sunblock lotion as needed.

• To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments.

• Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency. Call 911.